Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Atty. Gen. Tom Horne: Arizona cannot ignore judge's education order

If Arizona loses its court battles and winds up facing a final judge's order to fork over a lump sum payment of up to $1.7 billion to the state's schools--can the state get away with simply ignoring the order?  In an exclusive interview on this topic with PowerTalk 1210, State Attorney General Tom Horne admits some legislative leaders have run that question by him.  And he further admits this is not the first case in which that question has come up.  Horne's advice:  don't even think about it.  The issue came up last week when former State Senator Frank Antenori, who is an influential leader in the state's Republican Party, raised the possibility that the legislative branch and the governor might choose to simply ignore such an order.  A move like that would not be without national precedent, and would force a constitutional crisis in Arizona.

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